Best of Darjeeling Sikkim with Lachung(9 Nights)

Bagdogra, Gangtok, Lachung, Pelling, Darjeeling, Bagdogra

for Family Traveller

Holiday Overview

Himalayan Zoological Park Darjeeling
Himalayan Zoological Park Darjeeling (Nivalink Trip Dated - 26 March 2010)
Tea Estate
Ghoom Monastery
Ghoom Monastery
Hanging Bridge
Tiger Hill
Pemayangtse Monastery
Khecheopalri Lake
Nathula Pass Views
Nathula Pass Parking
Nathula Pass Checkpost
Tsongmo Lake
Tsongmo Lake

This itinerary offers comprehensive coverage of most popular destinations of Sikkim Darjeeling area i.e. Gangtok, Pelling and Darjeeling. It also provides for a visit to Lachung, remote Himalayan area offering stunning views.


Gangtok(2) - Lachung(2) - Gangtok(1) - Pelling(2) - Darjeeling(2)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrival at Gangtok and Rumtek Visit
  • Day-2 Ex-Gangtok - Tshangu Lake visit and Baba Mandir excursion
  • Day-3 Gangtok - Lachung Transfer with enroute sightseeing
  • Day-4 Ex-Lachung excursion to Yumthang Valley
  • Day-5 Lachung - Gangtok
  • Day-6 Gangtok - Peling transfer. Visit to Pemayangtse Monastery etc.
  • Day-7 Ex-Pelling - Darap Village, Khecheopalri Lake and Yuksom Visit
  • Day-8 Pelling - Darjeeling transfer and local Darjeeling sightseeing
  • Day-9 Ex-Darjeeling - Tiger Hill, Ghoom Monastery and local visits
  • Day-10 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Darjeeling - Peace Pagoda Darjeeling (1.20 kms), Himalayan Zoological Park Darjeeling (5.00 kms), Mountaineering Institute Darjeeling (5.00 kms), Batasia Loop (5.00 kms), Ghoom Monastery (8.00 kms), Tiger Hill (12.00 kms), Pasupati Nagar Border Market (58.00 kms)

Gangtok - Namgyal institute of Tibetology (3.00 kms), Tashi View Point (7.00 kms), Ban Jhakri Falls (10.00 kms), Dro-dul Chorten (11.00 kms), Seven Sisters Waterfalls (32.00 kms), Baba Mandir (42.00 kms), Tsongmo Lake (44.00 kms)

Lachung - Yumthang Valley (32.00 kms), Yumesamdong Zero Point (50.00 kms)

Pelling - Rimbi Waterfall (12.00 kms), Darap Village (17.00 kms), Kanchenjunga Waterfall (25.00 kms), Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary (25.00 kms), Khecheopalri Lake (34.00 kms), Yuksom (40.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Bagdogra Departure - Bagdogra
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

Another night in Lachen (North Sikkim) would allow for a Gurudongmar Lake (17000 ft asl), high altitude lake visit.

  • Bagdogra to Gangtok -121 kms (4 hrs)
  • Gangtok to Lachung -124 kms (5 hrs)
  • Lachung to Gangtok -124 kms (5 hrs)
  • Gangtok to Pelling -110 kms (4 hrs)
  • Pelling to Darjeeling -118 kms (4 hrs)
  • Darjeeling to Bagdogra -66 kms (2.5 hrs)

Bagdogra - Gangtok(2) - Lachung(2) - Gangtok(1) - Pelling(2) - Darjeeling(2) - Bagdogra

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrival at Gangtok and Rumtek Visit Arrive Gangtok (5000 + ft asl) by afternoon. Gangtok is capital of Sikkim and a popular tourist destination. Given time visit Rumtek monastery (16th Century and one of the most significant in Sikkim) in the evening.

Day-2 Ex-Gangtok - Tshangu Lake visit and Baba Mandir excursion Here one can either undertake an excursion to Baba Mandir, Tshangu High Altitude Lake, Optional - Nathu-la Pass Indo Tibetan Border (closed on Mon, Tue) which offers most scenic beauty but is a bit strenuous and adventurous in terms of drives OR can do a leisurely local visits to Rumtek Monastery (If not visited on day 1), Enchey Monastery, local temples, and view points. Both can take a little more than half a day. Rest of the day one can visit local markets for shopping or just relax.

Day-3 Gangtok - Lachung Transfer with enroute sightseeing Proceed to Lachung (8000+ ft asl - 112 kms - 4 hrs). Enroute visit Seven sister’s water fall, Singhik view point.

Day-4 Ex-Lachung excursion to Yumthang Valley Half day excursion to Yumthang Valley and Zeropoint / Katao (on direct payment basis) On the way visit the Hot Spring and Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary.

Day-5 Lachung - Gangtok Return to Gangtok. Evening optional visit to MG Road / Mall area for shopping.

Day-6 Gangtok - Peling transfer. Visit to Pemayangtse Monastery etc. Proceed to Pelling (6000+ ft asl, 112 kms - 4 hrs). Evening visit to Pemayangtse Monastery (One of the oldest and most significant monastery), Rimbi Water fall, Sangachoeling Monastery etc.

Day-7 Ex-Pelling - Darap Village, Khecheopalri Lake and Yuksom Visit After breakfast visit to Darap Village (Experiential village), Khecheopalri Lake (29 kms), Further drive to Yuksom (the meeting place of three monks) - the first capital of Sikkim. If time permitting can also visit Kaluk (26 km from Pelling and is prominently recognised for Bersay Rhadodendron Sanctuary).

Day-8 Pelling - Darjeeling transfer and local Darjeeling sightseeing Proceed to Darjeeling (7000+ ft asl - 118 kms - 4 hrs). Darjeeling may feel crowded and cramped but is renowned for its close range Himalayan views (Oct - March) and tea plantations around. Evening one can male a visit to Himalayan Zoological Park & Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday).

Day-9 Ex-Darjeeling - Tiger Hill, Ghoom Monastery and local visits Early morning visit to Tiger Hills to view sunrise over Kanchendzonga Peak (subject to clear weather). On way back visit Ghoom Monastery, Batasia Loop. After breakfast can proceed for local sightseeing like Japanese Temple, Tea Estate etc. Evening explore local markets around Chow rasta (Mall Road).

Day-10 Departure After breakfast, depart for onward journey.

Detailed Sightseeing

Darjeeling :

  • Peace Pagoda Darjeeling - Darjeeling Peace Pagoda is located in Darjeeling and was built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii (1885-1985), a Buddhist monk from Japan and founder of the Nipponzan-Myohoji Buddhist Order.

  • Himalayan Zoological Park Darjeeling - Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (also called the Darjeeling Zoo) was opened in 1958, and is spread over 68 acres and is the largest high altitude zoo in India. It specializes in breeding animals adapted to alpine conditions, and has successful captive breeding programs for the Snow leopard, the critically endangered Himalayan wolf and the Red panda. The zoo attracts a large number of visitors all round the year.

  • Mountaineering Institute Darjeeling - The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) was established in Darjeeling, India on November 4, 1954 to encourage mountaineering as an organized sport in India. HMI regularly conducts Adventure, Basic and Advanced Mountaineering courses at highly subsidised rates to encourage mountaineering as a sport. There is a museum there and a Tenzing Memorial with photographs and artefacts related to mountaineering and adventure sports.

  • Batasia Loop - The Batasia Loop (5 kms from Darjeeling) is a spiral railway created to lower the gradient of ascent of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (List in UNESCO world heritage list). There is a memorial to the Gorkha soldiers of the Indian Army who sacrificed their lives after the Indian Independence in 1947. From the Batasia Loop one can get a panoramic views of Darjeeling town with the Kanchenjunga and other snow peaks in the back-drop.

  • Ghoom Monastery - Ghoom Monastery is the popular name of Yiga Choeling Monastery located at Ghoom at an elevation of 8,000 feet, 8 km from Darjeeling. The monastery follows the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. There is a 15-feet high statue of "Maitreya Buddha" (Coming Buddha) in the monastery. It contains images of Buddha's disciples, Chenrezi and Chongapa. It was built in 1875 by Lama Sherab Gyatso. It is a popular visit option for all tourists.

  • Tiger Hill - Tiger hill near Ghoom is from where one gets the best views of Kanchenjunga. Best time to visit is early mornings or late evenings.

  • Pasupati Nagar Border Market - This border market with Nepal is a commercial center for trade in clothes, electronic and household goods.

Gangtok :

  • Namgyal institute of Tibetology - Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is a Tibet museum in Gangtok since 1958. The institute employs researchers and one of its research programs is a project which seeks to document and digitise the social history of Sikkims approximated 60 monasteries.

  • Tashi View Point - Tash view point is situated 4 kms from town centre and offers excellent views of the Kanchenjunga (during winters). Best views are early mornings or late evenings.

  • Ban Jhakri Falls - Banjhakri falls is a typical touristy spot in Sikkim having waterfalls with a height of about 40 ft at 10 kms from Gangtok.

  • Dro-dul Chorten - Dro-dul Chorten is a stupa in Gangtok. The stupa was built by Trulshik Rinpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism in 1945. Inside this stupa, a complete set of Dorjee Phurba, Kangyur relics (Holy Books) and other religious objects. Around the stupa are 108 prayer wheels.

  • Seven Sisters Waterfalls - 32 km from Gangtok, a set of 7 waterfall cascades and a popular stopover on Gangtok - Lachung route.

  • Baba Mandir - Captain "Baba" Harbhajan Singh was an Indian army soldier who died near the Nathula Pass. He is revered by the soldiers of the Indian army, who have built a shrine in his honour. Baba Mandir is a popular tourist visit enroute Nathula Pass excursion.

  • Tsongmo Lake - Tsongmo Lake (Changu Lake) is a high altitude lake (12400 ft asl) enroute to Nathula Pass offering exceptional himalayan beauty.

Lachung :

  • Yumthang Valley - Yumthang Valley is a grazing pasture surrounded by the Himalayan mountains in the North Sikkim. It is at an elevation of 3,575 metres (14,000) asl. It is also home to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, and has over twenty-four species of the rhododendron. Yumthang is closed between December and March due to heavy snowfall.

  • Yumesamdong Zero Point - Yumesamdong is the end of Yumthang Valley. It is situated close to China border and can be visited by Indian tourists only. Its often referred as the Zero Point.

Pelling :

  • Rimbi Waterfall - Rimbi waterfalls are located 12 kms from Pelling. Its a popular local hangout option and also for tourists.

  • Darap Village - Darap village is home of the local limboo tribe and offers guests a peek into cultural heritage of the community. The area is surrounded by exquisite beauty and therefore excellent for walking and experiential traveller.

  • Kanchenjunga Waterfall - Kanchenjunga waterfall is a popular perennial waterfall at 25 kms from Pelling via Sewaro Rock Garden. It takes a bit of a climb to reach foothills of the waterfall.

  • Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary - The Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary (or Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary) is situated in West Sikkim in Singalila Range bordering Nepal. The sanctuary is set at about 10000 ft asl and spread over 104 sq km. The Varsey Sanctuary can be reached from Hilley, Dentam and Soreng (25-50 kms from Pelling). From Hilley one can take a 4 km trek through a path shaded by different species of rhododendron. Permits are required to access the area.

  • Khecheopalri Lake - Khecheopalri Lake is a sacred Lake for both Buddhists and Hindus located near Khecheopalri village at 34 kms from Pelling. The lake is an integral part of the much revered valley of "Demazong" and said to have been blessed by Guru Padmasambhava. The Khecheopalri Lake is also part of Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit involving the Yuksom, the Dubdi Monastery in Yuksom, Pemayangtse Monastery, the Rabdentse ruins, the Sanga Choeling Monastery, and the Tashiding Monastery. An interesting feature of the lake is that leaves are not allowed to float on the lake, which is ensured by the birds which industriously pick them up as soon as they drop into the lake surface.

  • Yuksom - Yuksom is a quiet but sprawling hamlet, 40 km north of the Pemayangtse Monastery. The area is renowned for its walks and is based point for trekking and mountaineering in the region. The area is also visited for Dubdi Monastery.

Destination Overview

Bagdogra - Bagdogra is visited for being a base point near Siliguri having an Airport from where guests access West Bengal Hills (Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Chalsa, Dooars etc.) and Sikkim (Gangtok, Pelling, North Sikkim etc).

Gangtok - The capital of Sikkim, Gangtok is a popular hill station destination in the East. This small town, lies atop a ridge, at an altitude of 5,000 ft asl and home to some important monasteries. Gangtok is also the access point to visit higher remote areas of North sikkim.

Lachung - Lachung (8600 ft asl) this is a small riverside village best visited in Summer. It offers snow peak views, cool weather even in peak summer. One can go to yumthang valley, a big plateau surrounded by beautiful snowpeaks from here

Pelling - Pelling located in West Sikkim (6800 ft) is mainly for Himalayan views and monasteries, most notably being the Pemangyetse Monastery.

Darjeeling - Darjeeling (About 7000 ft) is a renowned British era hill station and has been visited for many a decades by tourists and is one of the popular tourist destinations. Darjeeling is internationally famous for its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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  • Bagdogra to Gangtok -121 kms (4 hrs)
  • Gangtok to Lachung -124 kms (5 hrs)
  • Lachung to Gangtok -124 kms (5 hrs)
  • Gangtok to Pelling -110 kms (4 hrs)
  • Pelling to Darjeeling -118 kms (4 hrs)
  • Darjeeling to Bagdogra -66 kms (2.5 hrs)

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  • Bagdogra to Gangtok -121 kms (4 hrs)
  • Gangtok to Lachung -124 kms (5 hrs)
  • Lachung to Gangtok -124 kms (5 hrs)
  • Gangtok to Pelling -110 kms (4 hrs)
  • Pelling to Darjeeling -118 kms (4 hrs)
  • Darjeeling to Bagdogra -66 kms (2.5 hrs)

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This is best done in early or late Winter when one can enjoy close range Himalayan views and more accessible weather in North Sikkim.

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